Ayurvedic oil massage to balance body, mind and spirit.
I offer Ayurvedic Massages. Abhyanga and Marmatherapy.
What is Abhyanga massage?
Abhyanga is the name of the traditional Ayurvedic oil massage. The oil is applied on the entire body, from the scalp to the soles of your feet. It's the most popular massage in Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine from India. It's a very calming oil massage that comprises of different techniques in order to relax the body, encourage detoxification, enhance the nutrition of the skin and nourish blood, tissues and organs through the power of Ayurvedic oils. I also use Marma Therapy, a gentle stimulation of specific energy points located in the body.
Abhyanga is the best treatment when you feel stressed, anxious or weak. It can release bone and joint aches and is just a wonderful and relaxing experience. Abhyanga is not a deep-tissue kind of massage. The touch is firm, but I do not apply the same level of pressure that you might be used to from other massages that you have experienced.
Benefits of the Abhyanga Massage
Balances the metabolism and the digestive fire (Agni)
Balances the nervous system
Reduces stiffness in the muscles
Increases blood circulation
Nourishes and heals dry skin, itchy skin, eczema, psoriasis and other conditions
Anti-aging to the skin, as it promotes blood flow and prevents wrinkles
Lubrication of the joints
Better, deeper sleep at night
Clearing of troubled emotions and psychological blockages
Reduce physical and mental fatigue
What to expect from an Ayurvedic Oil Massage?
I offer different packages of Abhyanga – from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. In a shorter session we will typically focus on one or two specific areas of your body, for example if you feel very tense in your upper back, I will focus on back, shoulders and arms. We can also focus on the head and face; or on the legs and feet.
During an Abhyanga massage, warm oil is poured onto your body and massaged into the skin. The constant and rhythmical movement of the massage have a therapeutic effect on body and mind. During the massage you will experience that you mind quiets down, the constantly racing thoughts might get calmer and calmer until it is finally completely quiet and you can just relax and enjoy your massage in peace and complete inner and outer silence.
Before each massage session, I will check in with you in order to understand how you are feeling. Are you stressed, do you feel pain, do you suffer from constipation or do you have troubles falling asleep? Each patient is massaged with an oil that is specifically chosen to meet their requirements and help them to improved wellbeing.
What is Marma Therapy?
Marma points are energy points in the body used for healing in Ayurveda. They can be compared to acupuncture points in Chinese Medicine. Marmas are known as vital points because they are doors for direct access to the vital energy (prana) of the body. The secret power of these energy centers is that when stimulated, they release a steady stream of prana to restore balance in the body. Ayurveda says that in order to be healthy in this life, we must allow vital energy or prana to flow smoothly. If we are in imbalance and get carried away by thoughts or attitudes that are detrimental to our lives, this energy is blocked and the prana cannot flow properly, therefore the body does not function harmoniously.
There are said to be 107 marma points on the body, each serving a particular purpose, and each with its own name and specific way of massaging it.
How often should you get an Ayurvedic massage?
This depends very much on your body constitution (Doshas) and your current health. In general, I recommend my clients to have one massage at least every 4 – 6 weeks. For clients who suffer from anxiety, insomnia or who are going through very stressful periods of time, I do recommend to increase the frequency to one massage every other week.